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Controversy erupts over NRA affiliated group participating in Webster Groves 4th of July parade

WEBSTER GROVES, MO – As Webster Groves gears up for its annual Fourth of July Parade, controversy seems to be brewing over a group participating in support of the Nation Rifle Association. Fox 2’s Michelle Madaras spoke to activists on both sides and residents about their views.

Community Days is set to start this Sunday afternoon in Webster Groves, but the parade on Wednesday, 4th already has a lot of people in the community talking.

The NRA is planning to have a group walk in the parade.

Fox 2 reached out to the event coordinator for a comment, but he declined, referring us to the group’s Facebook events page, which says quote, “At the request of Webster Groves Police Department, I ask that nobody open carry at this event.”

But just four months ago, the Missouri chapter of Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America had a standing room only meeting in Webster Groves.

Some are now questioning the NRA’s motives behind attending the annual 4th of July parade.

The NRA released the following statement Monday morning in response:

Members of the National Rifle Association will be celebrating American independence this 4th of July in parades all across the country. As the nation’s oldest civil right organization, our participation in the Webster Groves parade demonstrates our commitment to the community as well as the freedoms upon which our nation was founded. We look forward to festivities and encourage everyone to safely and responsibly take an active role.

The parade starts on Wednesday at 10 am.